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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Rebecca Johnston scored a goal and set up two others as Cornell held off a late rally to top Vermont, 4-2, in women's college hockey Sunday afternoon at Lynah Rink. The victory gives the Big Red (2-0-0) a sweep of the series in the first two games away from home for the Catamounts (4-2-0).
Vermont trailed 3-0 midway through the second period before freshman Molly Morrison (So. Burlington, Vt.) scored her third goal of the season on assists from Karen Sentoff (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Saleah Morrison (Selkirk, Manitoba). Caroline Donahue (Westwood, Mass.), on an assist from Kate Lesniak (Buffalo, N.Y.), made it 3-2 at the 12:17 mark.
The Catamounts attacked the Big Red going for the equalizer with Cornell goalie Kayla Strong making four saves to close out the second stanza. In the third, Vermont would out shoot the Big Red, 8-5, but it was Johnston's goal 2:10 into the period that gave Cornell its two-goal cushion the rest of the way.
Cornell out shot UVM, 14-1 in the first period with a short- handed goal by Liz Zorn opening the scoring and Caeleigh Beerworth, on assists by Johnston and Amber Overguard, made it 2-0 at the first intermission. Johnston and Beerworth set up a goal by Overguard at the start of the second before the Catamounts began their comeback bid.
Fueled by its hot start, Cornell finished with a 25-19 advantage in shots and killed four UVM power play opportunities. Strong made 15 saves for the Big Red while junior Ashley Walenty (Lake Placid, N.Y.) stopped 21 shots in her first action of the season for the Catamounts.
UVM returns home and heads down I-89 to play at Dartmouth Friday at 7:00pm. Vermont's next home contest is when it hosts Boston College in its Hockey East opener on Friday, November 3. For ticket information, please contact the UVM Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-4CAT-TIX or log on to uvmathletics.com. UVM students (with a valid ID) and all Rally's Round Up members are admitted free to all home women's hockey games.